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Can a Scheduled 15-minute School Nurse Appointment Influence Youth Health? Evaluation from an Enhanced School Health Service

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Taylor, J and Smith, L, Can a Scheduled 15-minute School Nurse Appointment Influence Youth Health? Evaluation from an Enhanced School Health Service, Developing practice: The child youth and family work journal, 42 pp. 55-65. ISSN 1445-6818 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Tasmania has unique adolescent health needs and often poorer adolescent health outcomes compared to other Australian states and territories. A major contributor to this is the challenge of providing an equitable healthcare service accessible and acceptable to the group. Adolescence is a time when independence in healthcare is evolving and innovative healthcare services are required to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. Schools are a place where confidential and effective primary care can be delivered to adolescents (Langford et.al. 2014; Mukoma & Flisher 2004). In Tasmania in 2012, a ‘Nurse on Campus’ school health service was in operation in only a small number of secondary schools and colleges. The model of service delivery involved a nurse being available to students for ‘drop-in’ one on one appointments as needed. This program was dependent on adolescent initiation through student self-referral or referral from another source. In 2012, an innovative ‘Nurse on Campus’ pilot project was implemented. In this enhanced school health service students at a rural high school were allocated one fifteen minute appointment with the school nurse regardless of perceived need. In addition, students were still able to access longer appointments and initiate self-referrals to the service when required as per the currently available ‘Nurse on Campus’ school health service.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:school health nursing, adolescent health, program evaluation
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Community Child Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Author:Taylor, J (Ms Julia Taylor)
Author:Smith, L (Dr Lindsay Smith)
ID Code:102922
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-09-11
Last Modified:2017-11-04
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